I understand!beerman wrote:The sun country reds page states "Alexanders concentrates require the addition of tannin, yeast nutrient, water, wine yeast and pectic enzyme. They may also require acid blend (use acid test kit), sugar and a fining agent. Titrate to 0.50% "
-Using 2 or should it be 3 cans of the Ruby Cabernet, and a dry red style yeast (liquid or dry?) how much of these other extra additives do I need?
tannin $2- 1 tsp
yeast nutrient $1-2- 1 oz
wine yeast $1-6- 1 pack is all you need .50/pack
pectic enzyme $1- 2 tsp
acid blend $1- less than 2 oz
acid test kit $7- don't bother, you can't test it
other pH test, strips etc.- don't need it
finning agent ?- it should clear on it's own, otherwise try isinglass
Wine hydrometer (can I get away with my beer hydrometer or not possibly with its scale range?)- Initial reading will be off the scale
malolactic culture $9- don't do it with concentrate wines
Basically looking to maybe attempt a low cost trial dry red.
-Also, only having 1 carboy can the transfers(rackings) be to my bottling bucket and then back into the same cleaned out carboy? Yes
-How long would all this ideally take in the carboy before bottling (the carboy will be tried up for about 2 months?) then how long bottle aged to become decent? It will take about 2-3 months before you bottle and then increase in quality for about a year or more.
Asking because I like red wine, but I like beer more and will need the carboy for secondary beer ferments.
. Would it be better to try this in the fall, since I don't have a constant air conditioned space to keep the carboy in? I don't plan to brew for the hottest months of July and August and this might be prime time for my only 5 gal. carboy to be used for wine? I do have access to a family house that has a basement if necessary for the summer storage of the wine carboy.-How long would all this ideally take in the carboy before bottling (the carboy will be tried up for about 2 months?) then how long bottle aged to become decent? It will take about 2-3 months before you bottle and then increase in quality for about a year or more.
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